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FYI: Quake Update - WARNING on Water Quality in Christchurch

The CWA understands that signs warning against swimming (includes any water contact sports) are up at the Estuary and beaches due to sewage contamination in the Avon, Heathcote, and Waimakiriri rivers (Lake Ellesmere is contaminated too). This state of affairs could continue for a period of weeks or even months, so please stay safe out there.

Scott Park Launch Area ACCESS

Work, expected to take two years (pre-earthquake Sept 2010), has started on the Ferrymead Bridge, with contractor site access signs going up at the northern entrance to Scott Park, just below the bridge in the MPYC/MPBC car park. City Council Project Leader Peter Rivers says that the contractor requires access along the paper road beside the estuary to their site from the Northern entrance. So long as windsurfers do not block that access, they can continue to park and rig up at Scott park, although this doesn't preclude the contractor from restricting access at other times, but lets hope this is during the week.

Clean-Up the World Weekend 2010 - what does your sailing spot look like?

Fri 17 Sep 2010 - Sun 19 Sep 2010
Your place

In 2010, the Clean Up the World theme is “Communities caring for nature”. Participating groups will undertake activities such as protecting water sources, planting trees, reducing waste, education and awareness raising.

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their environment" by carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects.

Auckland Windsurfing Challenge to raise funds for Cancer Society

Auckland windsurfers are planning a challenge to sail from Takapuna to Great Barrier Island to raise funds for the Cancer Society. Sometime in September (weather permitting) 3 sailors will attempt the approximately 60 nautical miles (110km) journey. Anyone wishing to sponsor, donate or find out more should contact Tim on 09 4158885 (Monday - Friday from 8am - 4.30pm).

National Ocean Water Sports Centre, Project Information Evening

Thu 29 Jul 2010
Takapuna War Memorial Hall

National Ocean Water Sports Centre, Project Information Evening, Takapuna War Memorial Hall, 29th July, 2010, 4pm – 6pm
The Harbour Access Trust, North Shore City Council and Central Government are working towards putting Takapuna on the world stage as a venue for sailing and other ocean sports by developing the National Ocean Water Sports Centre on The Strand. On Thursday 29th July between 4pm and 6pm representatives will be present at Takapuna War Memorial Hall for the first o a number of public sessions to highlight progress on the project.

National Ocean Water Sports Centre - public information evening

National Ocean Water Sports Centre, Project Information Evening, Takapuna War Memorial Hall, 29th July, 2010, 4pm – 6pm
The Harbour Access Trust, North Shore City Council and Central Government are working towards putting Takapuna on the world stage as a venue for sailing and other ocean sports by developing the National Ocean Water Sports Centre on The Strand. On Thursday 29th July between 4pm and 6pm representatives will be present at Takapuna War Memorial Hall for the first o a number of public sessions to highlight progress on the project.

UK windsurfers will map marine conservation zones - scope for a similar project in New Zealand?

Windsurfers are being asked to help in a project that uses an interactive map to record how British waters are used, in an effort to identify potential sites for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The Marine Conservation Zone Project is a partnership project working with people who use the sea for their livelihood or leisure to identify Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

Details of New Zealand National Ocean Water Sports Centre announced

Takapuna Beach was today confirmed as the venue for the National Ocean Water Sports Centre (NOWSC) by the Minister of Sport and Recreation the Hon. Murray McCully and North Shore City Mayor, Andrew Williams. Speaking at the nearby Takapuna Boating Club, the Minister confirmed that the $8million facility would cater for Sailing, Triathlon and Ocean Kayaking. The area is also used for a myriad of other ocean sports including ocean swimming, kite surfing, surfboats and surfing.

Details on new National Ocean Sports Centre at Takapuna on Monday afternoon

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Murray McCully will outline the details on a new National Ocean Sports Centre on Monday afternoon. Today the NZ Prime Minister, John Key, announced a raft of Government spending initiatives on High Performance Sport, this morning at the Millennium Centre, on Auckland's North Shore.

Updates from YNZ - Aquaculture in New Zealand, Foreshore and Seabed Act

Yachting New Zealand is currently working to represent the best interests of yachties and boaties as the Government reviews New Zealand’s Aquaculture policy (Windsurfing NZ also made submissions). Des Brennan, Chief Executive updates us with the latest....

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